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Menopause in Your 50s: Sharpen Your Mind

Brain Boost

Brain-fog moments (where is my purse?) are a real phenomenon for menopausal women, according to research from the University of Rochester. According to Family Circle magazine, Donnica Moore, M.D., advises patients to address sleep problems first: “Exhaustion is usually at the root of concentration and focus issues,” she says.

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To keep your mind sharp:

  1. Exercise: physical activity has been shown to improve cognitive function.
  2. Meditate: take the time to relax and think of nothing. Let everything go.
  3. Go fish: eat or supplement fish oil. Studies have shown EPA and DHA to be effective in sustaining cognition.
  4. Brain Boost Program

 

Contact a BodyLogicMD affiliated physician near you to give your brain the boost it needs and deserves!

 

Can’t Fight Fat? It May Be Adrenal Fatigue

 

by Dr. Jennifer Landa, M.D.

Has getting dressed every morning become the chore of the century lately? Everything is a smidge too tight, some tops or pants will not even button closed or zip up?  You, like many over-worked Americans, may be suffering from the effects of adrenal fatigue, a condition related to the impairment of the adrenal system. The pounds won’t budge if you are suffering from this stress-induced condition.

What is adrenal fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue describes the chronic fatigue commonly affecting millions of men and women worldwide.  The adrenal glands rest on top of each kidney, secreting hormones and neurotransmitters, such as estrogen, progesterone, cortisol, adrenaline (epinephrine), norepinephrine and dopamine. These chemical messengers are vital to stress management, immune function and many functions of daily living. The adrenal glands secrete these hormones as a “fight or flight” response to deal with stress. When you have endured too much stress, your adrenal glands may burn out, leading to adrenal fatigue.

How does adrenal fatigue impact your weight?

Cortisol, the stress hormone, is released daily from the adrenal glands in small amounts, as a reaction to basic stressors in everyday life, including fasting, food consumption, waking up, and exercise. Cortisol is capable of moving and utilizing the body’s fat stores for energy under various “stressful conditions,” including exercise.  In this case, it will keep your body going during a marathon or long hike.  In the case of prolonged stress however, cortisol moves fat stores and deposits them deep in the abdomen.  In addition to storing fat in all the “wrong” places, high levels of cortisol can impact the hormones that regulate your appetite.  This may result in not only an increased appetite, but also cravings for high fat, high sugar foods.

In this case, stress is the reason you can’t seem to fight the fat.  If you have hit a plateau in your weight management program or have recently accumulated excess pounds, particularly around your abdomen and chin, hormone balance and stress-reduction techniques are a must for recovery.

What are the symptoms of adrenal fatigue?

Fatigue is just one of many possible symptoms associated with adrenal imbalance. You may also notice:

  • A reduced tolerance for stress
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Anxiety, depression or other mood problems
  • An increased susceptibility to infections
  • Cravings for sweet or salty foods
  • Sudden weight gain/inability to lose weight
  • Newly emerging allergies or chemical sensitivities
  • An intolerance of cold temperatures

What are treatment options?

Determining if you are suffering from adrenal fatigue is the first step to finding a cure. When testing for adrenal imbalance, physicians evaluate the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol levels fluctuate throughout the day; therefore it is optimal to evaluate levels at different points during a 24-hour time period. Saliva testing is the easiest and most accurate way to ascertain your cortisol levels and determine the health status of your adrenal glands.

If you are diagnosed with adrenal fatigue, there is a three-point plan to ensure you recover:

  • Hormone balance is the key step in maintaining adrenal health. The imbalance of just one hormone can disrupt the function of several systems and, in some cases, result in the decline of other crucial hormones. Get your hormone levels tested and develop a plan to achieve and maintain balance.
  • Modify your lifestyle to improve your ability to handle stress. The three cornerstones of good health are the best place to start – eating a healthy diet, maintaining a routine fitness regimen and getting plenty of quality sleep. You also need to find ways to reduce stress, such as relaxation techniques like meditation or yoga.
  • Supplements such as omega-3 and vitamin D, can help to fortify your system, increase overall health and assist in the recovery of your adrenal health
 

A List of ‘Don’ts’ from the Doctor

 

By Dr. Jeff Maehara

You may be used to your doctor telling you things like get more exercise, eat a healthy diet and get more sleep, but how often does your doctor tell you what not to do? Here are 5 things expert doctors agree you shouldn’t do:

  • Don’t believe everything you read. It’s ok to do a little online research, but don’t take everything you read as fact. In the age of the internet, expertise and ability to publish are not necessarily synonymous. Get some information, write down your questions and discuss your symptoms with your doctor. This is the only safe way to ensure you are getting an accurate diagnosis – even a symptom checker may not offer an accurate diagnosis.
  • Don’t assume over-the-counter drugs are safe. Just because it’s not behind lock and key at your neighborhood grocer doesn’t mean it’s a free for all. Over the counter meds come with warnings and restrictions. Read and follow directions exactly as printed on the bottle – and don’t mix medications. Check your medicine cabinet and throw out any medications that may be expired. In regards to retail herbs and supplements, proceed with caution – manufacturing standards are not regulated by any governing body.
  • Don’t keep secrets. To really help you decipher what has been ailing you, tell your doctor everything about health and medical concerns. Don’t assume that he or she simply knows. Discuss your symptoms, how you have been feeling compared to how you once felt. Also, be sure to disclose any medications, supplements or alternative therapies you have been taking. This information is essential to an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • Don’t mess with prescriptions. Just because it’s in a prescription bottle, doesn’t make the printed instructions and warnings any less important. Take your medications as your doctor prescribed and don’t hand them out to friends or relatives. A prescription is intended for the person for whom it was prescribed and no one else.
  • Don’t rely exclusively on your prescriptions. Everyone wants a quick-fix. There’s a reason the prescription drug industry is a billion-dollar business. But, relying on a pill to solve your health problems is not the way to be and stay well. Drugs are designed to assist healing when coupled with a healthy lifestyle. If your doctor gives you a prescription along with a recommendation for a healthy diet and exercise, you can be certain all are a required part of the treatment plan to achieve better health. There is no magic pill that can save you from poor lifestyle choices.
 

Worried about Bone Loss? Try these Natural Fixes

 

by Dr. Michael Grossman

Most women and a reasonable percentage of  men will experience the loss of bone density with age, which is known to cause hip fractures, spine fractures, and severe pain. Left untreated, these conditions can grow into more severe complications requiring hip surgery, which is costly and recovery is often challenging. Caring for your bone health now can significantly impact future outcomes and decrease the risk of fractures, sprains and pain. There are several ways you can care for your bone health, including natural therapies that are effective even into your golden years.

Read more on DrMichaelGrossman.com:

Natural Approaches to Osteoporosis and Bone Loss

 

Cool Jams Sleepwear Giveaway

 

Are you suffering from hot flashes and night sweats? Like many women dealing with menopausal symptoms it can be difficult to get a full night’s sleep especially, when you are hot and sticky. Hot flashes are caused by a hormone imbalance in the body. Environmental and nutritional aspects might also contribute to their uncomfortable intensity.

If you have tried everything from ice-cold showers to chill pillows then, cool-jams may be the long awaited answer to those sleepless nights.

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Cool-Jams are PJs that regulate body temperature by using wicking properties to absorb heat and moisture. They are wrinkle-free, static-free and odor and bacteria resistant. Cool-jams absorb moisture 3-4 times faster than regular cottons fabrics, polyester and woven. These PJs are doctor recommended for night-sweats and temperature regulation more than any other sleepwear brand.

Read about Renea’s experience with Cool Jams Sleepwear: Cool Jams for Night Sweats? 

Comfy Ride with Cool-Jams Giveaway

We have teamed up with Cool-Jams to give-away a pair of their fabulous PJs to one lucky contestant suffering from sleep depriving night sweats.

 To enter the contest you must:

  • Log-in to the weekly Cool-Jams sleepwear give away
  • Comment on one of the Cool Jams Menopause MANIAC blog posts sharing your thoughts
  • Include your name and email address (as submitted on the Cool Jams website) with your comment

 One lucky winner will be chosen from those who have commented on the Cool Jams post on Menopause MANIAC.com. Winner of the Cool-Jams sleepwear will be announced on Friday, June 28, 2013.

 

Cool Jams for Night Sweats?

 

By Renea Cribbs

When it comes to PJs, I am fairly picky. Color doesn’t matter much, but size, fabric and style, matter a lot.  And, I’m not easily swayed by gimmicks. So, when I tried the new moisture-wicking pajamas from Cool Jams, I will have to admit, I was skeptical.

Is there really a set of PJs that can keep me cool on warm Texas nights – especially when night sweats strike?
Nonetheless, I ordered the pants and hemmed them myself. I love the color and the fit – I ordered a large – I’m 5’5” tall with a large bust line. Unlike many pajama tops, these fit me perfectly – plenty of space in the bust, with appropriate fit in the bodice.Initially, I was disappointed to learn that the Cool Jams were not available in capris. For women of a certain age, shorts are rarely to never preferable and pants, well, let’s be honest, I live in Texas and the whole point of this experience is to stay cool. So, pants would never be my option. The site does offer various nightgowns, but nightgowns seem to get twisted as I toss and turn, contributing to sleepless nights. When I buy pajamas, I like capris and I feel a lot of other women might agree with me.

What can I tell you about my experience? Well, not much, since I slept right through it! But, that’s a good thing, right?

The PJs come equipped with a special antibacterial treatment that is said to make the PJ’s odor and bacteria resistant. I awoke refreshed each morning and I assume these features went to work for me throughout the night.

Truly, I don’t recall waking up, kicking off the covers and being a sweaty mess, which has happened to me before. Trust me, any woman that’s experienced hormonal fluctuations in the night knows exactly what I am talking about!

I give the Cool Jams 4 out of 5 stars – I would love to see a capri sold as a separate and then, I would fully endorse this wonderful product!

Do you want to try Cool Jams? Enter to win a free pair or order a set right now at CoolJams.com!

 

Vampire Facelift Buzz

 

Despite what critics and skeptics have hailed as ridiculous and bizarre, the Vampire Facelift  continues to emerge helping thousands reclaim a more youthful appearance – naturally – without downtime or a surgeon’s scalpel.  In fact, since its debut, it has only grown in popularity and its technology is rapidly becoming the cornerstone of a variety of effective rejuvenation techniques.  The Vampire Facelift is not only a segment worth hosting on The Doctors or a prize worthy of the Oscars, it is the beauty secret of some of America’s most beautiful celebrities, including Kim Kardashian and British actress, Anna Friel on Pushing Daisies.

The Vampire Facelift® is a safe and natural procedure for patients seeking aesthetic anti-aging. This revolutionary procedure improves the quality and look of the skin for patients who wish to reduce volume loss, fine lines and textural changes.

Gino, from the Brandmeier Radio Show based out of the windy city of Chicago, recently underwent the procedure. The Brandmeier Show put into perspective that aesthetic treatments are not only for women. Gino saw incredible results with a trained physician by his side.

Watch the video below:

Dr. Lisbeth Roy of Doctors Studio is one of the few certified medical doctors licensed to perform the Vampire Facelift. Dr. Roy recently performed a live demonstration of the procedure at the Blood for Beauty Event at her practice in Fort Lauderdale, as well as was featured as a guest speaker and demonstrator at the South Beach Dermatology Symposium.

To learn about Dr. Roy and Doctors Studio, visit DoctorsStudio.com.

 

The New Perspective on Hormone Replacement Therapy

 

The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) began in 1991, observing the effects of synthetic hormone therapy on post-menopausal women. The women being studied had suffered from hormone imbalance for 15 years or more. The results, found a dangerous increase in the risk of breast cancer when estrogen and progestin (the synthetic form of progesterone) were combined. Physicians and women, interested in HRT, quickly took a step back, due to fearing the same repercussions.

Almost two decades after the WHI study, there is a light shining at the end of the tunnel. Tobie

de Villers, President of the International Menopause Society, shared with Today.com that when used properly, HRT will offer more benefits than harm. The increased risk of breast cancer, uncovered in the WHI study, has been found to diminish a couple of years after hormone treatments are stopped.

The National Institute of Health reassures women that hormone replacement therapy is safe, as long as it is administered by a medical expert.

Dr. Jen Landa, Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD is thrilled by these new outcomes, “The benefits of HRT have changed the lives of many women suffering from symptoms of menopause. This new research will open the door for many more women. When a woman has all the facts, she can make an informed decision for the betterment of her health and quality of life.”

 

The New Perspective on Hormone Replacement Therapy

 

The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) began in 1991, observing the effects of synthetic hormone therapy on post-menopausal women. The women being studied had suffered from hormone imbalance for 15 years or more. The results, found a dangerous increase in the risk of breast cancer when estrogen and progestin (the synthetic form of progesterone) were combined. Physicians and women, interested in HRT, quickly took a step back, due to fearing the same repercussions.

Almost two decades after the WHI study, there is a light shining at the end of the tunnel. Tobie

de Villers, President of the International Menopause Society, shared with Today.com that when used properly, HRT will offer more benefits than harm. The increased risk of breast cancer, uncovered in the WHI study, has been found to diminish a couple of years after hormone treatments are stopped.

The National Institute of Health reassures women that hormone replacement therapy is safe, as long as it is administered by a medical expert.

Dr. Jen Landa, Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD is thrilled by these new outcomes, “The benefits of HRT have changed the lives of many women suffering from symptoms of menopause. This new research will open the door for many more women. When a woman has all the facts, she can make an informed decision for the betterment of her health and quality of life.”

 

Got Fatigue? Dr.Oz has the Solutions

by Sofia Radoslovich

Feeling sluggish and tired all the time?
Having difficulty managing your weight?
Trouble sleeping?
Experiencing body aches?

Daily of chronic fatigue produces intense and prolonged stress on the body. Fatigue  affects almost everyone at some point in their life – illness, stressful jobs or a life crisis can drain even the healthiest person of energy. A poor diet, ongoing stress and too little sleep are just a few of the factors that can make you susceptible to fatigue.

America’s most beloved hormone expert, Dr. Jennifer Landa and Dr. Oz have teamed up to present the 4 biggest energy deficiencies in the segment, The Fatigue Solution.  Gluten sensitivities, low iron, iodine, detox and boosting your testosterone levels are just a few of the possible solutions that will help you rid of fatigue for good!

Watch The Fatigue Solution on The Dr. Oz Show on Monday, March 4! Check your local listings for channel and time.